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AR50247: Research dissertation

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 30
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Research dissertation (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To develop the ability to undertake and report independent research work in the field of Façade Engineering.

Learning Outcomes:
After successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
* Demonstrate a systematic approach to carrying out independent research.
* Demonstrate a critical awareness of the principal problems limiting progress/performance in the technical area of the dissertation.
* Outline the range of techniques/solutions currently being brought to bear on these problems.
* Present and defend the significance and contribution to knowledge of their chosen dissertation topic.
* Evaluate how their chosen approach builds on or compliments the current techniques/solutions.
* Make, where necessary, engineering judgements in the face of incomplete information.
* Demonstrate self-direction in tackling and solving problems.
* Demonstrate a systematic approach to project work and a commitment to attaining the milestones and deliverables.

Written & oral communication skills
Time management, resource planning, and technical authorship.
The ability to analyse complex problems, breaking them down into a set of simpler problems which are tractable in the context of the knowledge, skills and facilities available to the student.
To synthesise solutions to problems from existing knowledge and understanding.
To identify and acquire knowledge and understanding directly relevant to the solution of a problem integral to the student's project - facilitated and assessed through dissertation proposal.
To author and produce written reports to a technical and literary standard consistent with the normal requirements of the Façade Industry.
To design and present their dissertation proposal to an architectural/engineering audience - facilitated and assessed.
To manage research, design, and/or development projects in an effective and professional way.
To operate within the appropriate code of professional conduct, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment.

Students will execute their research dissertation following closely their proposal presented in Semester 2. Students will be allowed to propose modifications to the proposal but a closely argued case for such modifications must be submitted to their dissertation supervisor. If the modifications are approved by the supervisor then the modified work plan will supersede the original plan and all subsequent progress will be judged against it.
A written Final 20,000 word dissertation will be submitted in September.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR50247 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • TEAR-AFM14 : MSc Architectural Engineering: Façade Engineering
  • TEAR-APM14 : MSc Architectural Engineering: Façade Engineering

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.